The South-east Busway was the first of a series of busway networks to be developed in south-east Queensland.
The first section opened in September 2000 between the CBD and Woolloongabba to coincide with the first match of the Olympic Games Football Tournament at the Gabba. The second section between Woolloongabba and Eight Mile Plains opened in April 2001.
The South-east Busway extension between Eight Mile Plains and Rochedale (School Road), including provision for a future extension towards Springwood, is currently underway. Construction is expected to be completed mid-2014, weather permitting.
The $366 million section from the Eleanor Schonell Bridge at Dutton Park to the South-east Busway at Buranda opened in August 2009. The busway included 2 new stations at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and Boggo Road, a bus stop at Dutton Park and Australia’s longest busway tunnel.
The most recently completed section of the Eastern Busway opened in August 2011 and delivers an extra 1.05km between Buranda and Main Avenue, Coorparoo. This $465 million section included 2 new busway stations at Stones Corner and Langlands Park and saves commuters up to 8 minutes on bus trips into the city.
Planning for the ultimate Eastern Busway between Main Avenue, Coorparoo and Capalaba is currently being revised, with further stages subject to funding and government priorities.
The department is looking at developing cost-effective short and medium term options along Old Cleveland Road, including on-road bus priority.
Inner Northern Busway
The Inner Northern Busway links Queen Street in the Brisbane CBD to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Herston, with stations at King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and the Kelvin Grove campus of the Queensland University of Technology. The $493 million busway was completed in May 2008.
The Northern Busway connects to the Inner Northern Busway at Herston. An extra 1.2km of busway between the Royal Children’s Hospital and Windsor was completed in August 2009. This $198m project included a new busway station at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.
An extra 3km of busway between Windsor and Kedron opened in June 2012. This section of the busway was delivered along with Airport Link and includes 2 new busway stations at Lutwyche and Kedron.
The department is currently revising the long-term planning for a busway between Kedron and Bracken Ridge and is looking at other cost-effective and deliverable options for public transport within the Gympie Road corridor.